Monthly Archives: June 2011


We saw Graham McLaren’s Hamlet a couple of years ago – a stripped-down version showing the bare bones of the revenge tragedy it would have been in the hands of one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Not really comparable to a couple … Continue reading

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1001 Nights

Two nights in a row, but we managed only the first act of the first night. The plot was repetitive, the staging weak, the cast merely adequate, the choreography amateur: in short there was no reason to stay. So we … Continue reading

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

It takes a heat actress to describe herself as MAggie the Cat, without causing the audience to giggle. Moya O’Connell managed to do it. she was a restless cat, not asking for sympathy but getting it anyway!Gray Powell, described by … Continue reading

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Nice production, good cast , nothing noteworthy. I am not sure why we decided to to see it again so soon after the Kelly Fox version in 2002. You would think that nearly ten years was enough of a gap, … Continue reading

Posted in Claire Julien, Graeme Somerville, Graeme Somerville Shaw 2010, Nigel Shawn Williams, Shaw 2011, Wade Bogert O'Brien | 1 Comment

Heartbreak House

What more can I say than I fell asleep in all three acts?I have seen and enjoyed this play before but for some reason this production did not work for me. I definitely did not like the set and felt … Continue reading

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My Fair Lady

OK, I have to admit my bias – I think this is the best musical ever written! when I was in high school I used to study with this playing in a continuous loop in the background. Probably explains why … Continue reading

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Fronteras Americanas

Created and first performed at Tarragon in 1993, this production has been updated, but not significantly. Keith and I had different reactions to the play – I thought the first act was very funny and was happy to stay for … Continue reading

Posted in Guillermo Verdecchia, Soulpepper 2011 | 1 Comment